In "The Way It Was", 1-Adeline (Addie) Kizer Dodd 1855-1937, 1-Joseph Hoffman Dodd 1852-1937, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BEE), Round O, S.C., STORIES, Walterboro, S.C. on May 5, 2013 at 7:51 am

Grandpa also had caskets , a black hearse and he buried people. He was a one man town. There was no embalming in those days. The men or women of the neighborhood usually of the church would gather up and bathe and dress one for burial. He sold patent medicine and prescribed for lots of people who couldn’t afford a doctor. My grandpa was a most interesting man., flamboyant may be the word.. He was a child during the Civil War and had many stories to tell of how hard times were then and how the Yankees and later the Republicans completely ran over the South after the war. He used to say that he didn’t know that “Damn Yankee” was two words. The Yankee soldiers had stolen or destroyed all of the prized possessions from the South and put the blacks in all political offices to rule over the south. Grandpa had no formal education because there were no schools in the South as the close of the war. The Blacks claim there were no schools for them but there were no schools for anyone. However he was far from being ignorant or ill-informed. He was self taught. He read and wrote anything he wanted to read or write. He figured along with the best of them and was a millionaire during the depression when money was money. He was one of the founders of the Bank of Walterboro in which I have inherited some stock and now it is a part of Wachovia Bank., but I still have a blood relative as a director.

Grandpa used to say a lot of things that I have never forgotten: “If your fore sight was as good as your hind sight you’d be much better off”. On investments “You can’t make it every time” meaning every business deal will not pan out well. “If someone asks you how to you feel, tell them fine, they don’t really give a d- how you feel”, “Never sign a check without filling it out first”, “Never sign anything until you have read it thoroughly”. He was slightly deaf and every one used to tease him about hearing what he wanted to hear. If some one walked in and said: “Mr. Dodd, I want to borrow some money?” He would say: “Eh, What, what did you say, I can’t hear you?” If they said: “Mr. Dodd I want to pay you what I owe you”. He would say “That’s fine, Thank you very much”, with no difficulty of hearing.

– “The Way It Was,” Chapter Ten: “Grandma and Grandpa Dodd,” 1999

  1. From spending a quarter to celebrate your wedding to being a millionaire – I’d say he knew how to “figure” pretty well.

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